Saturday Night Takeaway: Dec presents show without Ant McPartlin

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Hours before the live show, the programme's official Twitter account previewed the script which confirmed Dec would be hosting alone.

Dec joked at the start of tonight's show saying: "We have got a jam-packed show, this week we have lots to cram in and twice the amount of work to do".

Another said: "If ANt isn't out of rehab by the time of the BGT live shows, Dec should present them solo".

Saturday Night Takeaway is said to have been "plunged into chaos" as producers try to decide how to address Ant McPartlin's absence from the show.

The show - which was cancelled last Saturday - was labelled a success as Dec oversaw an nearly seamless live 90-minute show with his only mishap dropping a carton of popcorn.

Dec didn't mention his co-presenter's absence directly this evening, but thanked viewers for "all of their support" at the end of the show.

Dozens of fans - including fellow broadcasters Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid and Dermot O'Leary - congratulated Dec on his successful performance on social media.

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Regular support presenters Stephen Mulhern and Scarlett Moffatt also lent a helping hand as did guest announcer Stephen Merchant who also referenced Ant's absence on several occasions.

Reid wrote: "He's really easing into it and getting more comfortable as he realises how much the audience is with him".

'Hello and a very warm welcome to all Virgin Holiday customers heading to - Orlando!' she tells passengers as confetti explodes around her, adding: 'OK, I know that yous are all excited but just hold on a little bit, please'.

He was right. Dec did do a remarkably good job of holding the format together for its 90-minute broadcast.

Ant, meanwhile, has entered rehab after being charged with drink driving following a auto crash in London earlier in the month.

"Simon would be foolish not to let Dec host BGT solo if Ant isn't back by then".

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